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Roy Hodgson agrees to become Watford's new manager

Roy Hodgson has agreed to become Watford's new head coach according to The Athletic UK.

The 74-year-old will replace Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked on Monday evening after only three-and-a-half months in charge. He will be assisted by long-time assistant Ray Lewington. The duo will meet players and take training this afternoon.

Hodgson left Crystal Palace at the end of the 2020-21 season having ensured Premier League survival in each of his four seasons at the helm.

Watford are looking for their third permanent head coach of the season, after Xisco Munoz was removed by owner Gino Pozzo on October 3, with the Hertfordshire club then 14th in the league. Hodgson worked under the Pozzos at Italian side Udinese briefly in 2001.

Ranieri’s dismissal followed Friday night’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Norwich City, which leaves Watford in 18th, just three points off the foot of the table.

He only managed to win seven points during his time in charge, with the highlight being a 4-1 victory over Manchester United at Vicarage Road in November. Since then, Watford have managed just a single point — a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Newcastle on January 15.

Hodgson has previously managed the England and Finland national teams as well as English clubs such as Liverpool, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City.

He replaced Fabio Capello as England manager in May 2012. Under Hodgson's reign, England reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, failed to advance to the knockout stages at the 2014 World Cup and were knocked out by Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

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